Sound studio

New name, new sound as Coulson Entertainment Center unveils renovations

It’s now a one stop shop for all bands looking to record music in Greater Sudbury

Although downtown Sudbury’s Coulson nightclub may look alike, its owners are taking steps to change the way it sounds.

Thanks to a grant from FACTOR (the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recording), the owners of the Coulson took advantage of the downtime during the COVID-19 pandemic to renovate and rebrand their product.

Those who live in Northern Ontario are probably familiar with Coulson Nightclub. The building on the corner of Larch and Durham streets was originally built as the Americana Hotel. It burned down in 1937, eventually giving way to what is now Coulson’s Nightclub.

Now it’s called the Coulson Entertainment Center.

Tony Monteleone has owned the club since 2010. He said it was time for a change.

“Since the pandemic, we decided to evolve our business from a downtown bar to creating Sudbury’s only broadcast studio and downtown Sudbury entertainment hub,” said Monteleone. “We are no longer The Coulson Nightclub. We are now the Coulson Entertainment Center.

The grant was used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment that will allow the bands to not only record their songs, but also edit them and broadcast them live around the world. It’s truly “plug and play, one-stop shopping” for anyone’s recording needs, said production manager Steve McArthur. And, if desired, it can be done in front of a live audience. Once the current capacity limits are further relaxed, bands could very well play in front of an audience of 250 people.

“We transformed this room from a simple live music room into a live recording studio, a live broadcast studio, with state-of-the-art equipment, and the lighting system was improved. We have completely transformed it into a plug and play studio. Any band would be more than happy to come in and play on our stage.

The Coulson is no stranger to musical acts. Many of Canada’s top musical artists have performed there, including The Tragically Hip, Platinum Blonde, Ronnie Hawkins, April Wine, Trooper and others, McArthur said.

“I love the concept of the room,” McArthur said. “This building is part of the history of downtown Sudbury, and we want to improve it so it can stand the test of time.